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Bush to Beeline Mountain Biking, AZ
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Bush to Beeline Mountain Biking, AZ 
Bush to Beeline Mountain Biking, AZ
Mtn Biking20.80 Miles 1,842 AEG
Mtn Biking20.80 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   4.11 mph
1,842 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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Fourth trip riding between Bush and Beeline Highways.

As usual I began the ride from the gate along Bush Highway a quarter-mile south of the interchange with Beeline Highway. I've been biking longer in both miles and time each trip and this one will continue with the same ongoing theme.

As mentioned on the previous triplog this trip will take me all the way to the border between Tonto National Forest and the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community along the Beeline Highway.

I spent quite a bit of time with Route Editor in search of the best/easiest route with the aid of tracks from hikes I'd done along the border a number of years ago. A lot of back and forth from FS Topo to Satellite view and I thought I had a reasonably good route. While generally it was decent, I was thrown for a loop a few spots where what appeared on the map to be a gentle slope turned out to be drop-offs with the only alternate routes requiring extensive back-tracks. But overall the trip out to the border went as well as expected.

On the return trip, with the foreknowledge of the adjustments I made on the trip out I was able to avoid the worst, only to find other areas just about as bad. But now, when faced with the challenges, rather taking than back-tracks I was bull-headed enough to do a couple short hike-a-bikes instead.

With all the extra efforts it was beginning to take a toll on me... particularly the knees, having to pedal super-hard to get across the softest washes as well as on the ascents, as easy as I tried to make them.

By 1/3rd of the return trip I was back using most of the routes I'd learned on the previous three trips so although tired, it was much easier than expected. Which just enticed me to try another shorter route... BIG mistake! I ended up in the worst terrain for biking I'd ever been in all my life! Unfortunately by time it got that bad, it would have required a LONG back-track so I toughed it out, did a couple hike-a-bikes up some loose steep slopes... pushing the bike forward a foot or two, holding both brakes while I took a few steps up, and doing it over and over until I reached the top. Only to have to do the same thing a few minutes later.

However, I figured it was worth the extra effort when I encountered a trio of mule deer. I started filming a video but gave up after a full 30 seconds with absolutely NO movement from any of the three... not even the flicker of an ear. They appeared so thrown by my presence they were like deer-in-the-headlights. Only after I put my camera away did they turn and disappear out-of-sight.

Thanks to the deer cameo it was a fun trip, and with more still to explore so I'll be back soon.
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